When Brent first came to me with the idea of moving to Haida Gwaii the thought of leaving everything I've worked so hard to build almost upset me. So we started out with a five year plan, allowing me the space I needed to get used to the idea. Plans however did what plans usually do, and change. Leaving me getting used to the idea of dropping everything and running away much quicker than I had originally anticipated.
Being the type of person that needs to be prepared and have a plan I got right to work getting ready to make these drastic changes. It started to become very obvious that developing a more frugal, and minimal lifestyle, was going to a be cornerstone to any type of our success.
Adopting minimalism sounds like it should be easy and involve minimal effort. That's far from the truth. Learning to live with less when you've had so many options, can be at first, a bit overwhelming. The thought of hauling all our crap half way up the province and over a ferry seems rather ridiculous and the process of elimination has began.
During the sorting and organizing of what I need to have with me and what I can let go of has been a huge realization that having stuff really gets in the way of using the things you really enjoy.
For example, my pantry is full of flours I have no desire to use. They were bought during an experimentation process which led to the discovery of what flour blend worked the best for us. Almost every gluten free flour under the sun in there, and I have no desire to use anything but my oat flour blend. All sorts of salad dressings have made their way to my shelves, only to get lost amongst the different condiment, then expire, leaving me to watch our hard earned dollars follow them into the trash.
Going out into the yard and storage sheds you'll find all the pieces of tack that has never been used on our horses, but brought home because one day those bits and straps might be handy. There is also various pieces of gym equipment to build my gym. 90% of these things we don't need and the thought of letting them go, although at first unsettled me, now brings a tremendous amount of peace.
This tragic waste of money continues into my fridge and freezer making me wonder why I didn't listen to Brent when he said “only buy what you eat”. I though for some crazy reason that I was going to eat these items and I'm sure my response to him was a little sassy. Although I do enjoy a change from time to time, now if I want something different I plan on eating that day.
The frugal portion of our lifestyle change has opened my eyes to how often I spend money to kill time. Instead of eating the lunch I packed and having some quiet time between jobs I would more often than not find myself in a store buying something to munch on. Not only is premade food expensive I never realized how much a 20 minute break out in nature can help keep stress levels mellow throughout the day. In fact I read a book between jobs not to long ago.
In our world of fast and crazy we often look to the almighty dollar for solutions to our problems. This seems to create a never ending financial cycle, leaving you feeling almost trapped. While yes it is necessary to have money being careful of how you spend your money is just as important as making it. The more this lesson settles, the more I find myself being at peace and enjoying my life. Less really is more.
Live Life To The Fullest
Hi, I'm Cyndi Bird, hobby homesteader, aspiring writer, amature photographer, art and craft enthousiast and wanna be cook.